Comment Box: Who is Kerry Katona?
Can you give me a brief update on who Kerry Katona is, why she is/was famous and the whole morning show fiasco? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion
I'm answering this because several readers actually posed this exact same question during last week's Celebritology Live chat and via e-mail. Ah, the power of YouTube, the Web and schadenfreude.
To put Kerry Katona in a context we can understand, she's a less-tattooed version of fellow Brit Amy Winehouse and about as famous in the U.S. as Tara Reid would be in England. She's a one-time pop star with one minor hit to her credit who of late has emerged on England's celeb-reality scene, winning "I'm a Celebrity -- Get Me Out Of Here!" At 28, she's also a mother of four with a well-documented history of substance abuse.
In an interview last week (for those who can get away with YouTube at work) on British television, an indignant Katona appeared to be drunk and slurring her words even while denying that she might have a problem with alcohol. The clip, not surprisingly, became an instant viral hit. Reps for Katona later said she was suffering from the effects of medication to treat bipolar disorder.
Reactions have varied, with some British opinion-makers arguing that Katona is being unfairly targeted for her bad behavior because she's a woman. To which I respond, jolly well right and share this perennial favorite.
And now for something completely different: A poll suggested by a participant in last week's Celebritology Live chat...
Creative Captioning Winners
Last week I again asked you to do my job for me by coming up with an appropriately snarky caption for the photo at left -- Katherine Heigl and her dog, Mr. Katherine Heigl's Dog (name has been changed to protect the innocent). My four faves:
"..Owe, the caninity!" -- 44west
Unlike McSteamy or McDreamy, McSchnauzie actually manages to get to "first base." -- Curmudgeon
"What is it Lassie? You say my future Emmy chances fell down a well?" -- td_in_baltimore
Determined to put to rest rumours about her anorexia, a confused Katherine Heigl prepares to heed advice to eat a hot dog. -- 7900rmc (aka The Poster Formerly Known as Snarky Squirrel)
| October 27, 2008; 12:42 PM ET
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